Tune in this Friday, December 19th, to ABC’s The Chew to see Jon Bon Jovi and Mr. B representing Bongiovi Brand and sharing the family recipe for their famous sauce! Check your local listings for viewing time.
We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting three special screenings of the rare Bon Jovi documentary Access All Areas: A Rock & Roll Odyssey on BonJovi.com on Wednesday, December 17th!
The film follows the band during the NEW JERSEY Tour, from 1988 to 1990, and includes exclusive live, backstage, and candid behind-the-scenes footage.
Previously only available in the US on VHS tape, this documentary was recently re-released on DVD as part of the NEW JERSEY Super Deluxe Edition album, available now through Amazon.
TIME ZONE: FIRST AIRING, SECOND AIRING, THIRD AIRING
Los Angeles: December 17 at 10:00 AM PST, December 17 at 3:00 PM PST, December 17 at 6:00 PM PST
New York: December 17 at 1:00 PM EST, December 17 at 6:00 PM EST, December 17at 9:00 PM EST
Sao Paulo: December 17 at 4:00 PM BRT, December 17 at 9:00 PM BRT, December 18 at 12:00 AM BRT
London: December 17 at 6:00 PM GMT, December 17 at 11:00 PM GMT, December 18 at 2:00 AM GMT
Tokyo: December 18 at 3:00 AM JST, December 18 at 8:00 AM JST, December 18 at 11:00 AM JST
Sydney: December 18 at 5:00 AM AEST, December 18 at 10:00 AM AEST, December 18at 1:00 PM AEST
Tweet #AccessAllAreas to join in the conversation during the screenings!
Jon Bon Jovi, founder and front man for the iconic band Bon Jovi and Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, accepted the 2014 Marian Anderson Award last evening during a gala dinner and concert at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The singer, songwriter, actor, and producer, known for his philanthropy, has a long history of civic and humanitarian outreach.
Both musically and philanthropically, Jon Bon Jovi’s work honors the spirit of America and salutes the principles that define our nation. Self-reliance, optimism, and community are key concepts he embodies, not just in his music, but also in his charitable efforts. These common threads have resulted in millions of dollars raised while bringing heightened awareness to the issues of homelessness and hunger that adversely impact our society. As Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about positive change and helping the lives of those in need “one SOUL at a time,” he focuses on the issues of food and shelter for individuals and families experiencing hunger and homelessness. In the Philadelphia region, the Foundation has supported a range of organizations, including Project HOME, Covenant House, Rebuilding Together and Northern Children’s Services, as well as Heart of Camden and Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society in Camden, NJ.
According to Nina C. Tinari, board chair of the Marian Anderson Award, “Jon Bon Jovi exemplifies the spirit of the Marian Anderson Award, which is to honor an artist whose leadership benefits humanity. We are honored to present him with this award in recognition of his many philanthropic contributions, especially those here in Philadelphia.”
Jon’s opening remarks reflected on the privilege of being named recipient of the Award: “I am deeply humbled to be here tonight to accept this award. I do so fully aware of the rich and powerful legacy of this honor and the many iconic figures who have stood here before me. Each of the recipients of the Marian Anderson Award made great contributions to the arts, of course – but they used their GIFTS to seek change in our society and culture. Marian Anderson, Dr. Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier - these great men and women were all blessed with tremendous artistic gifts and were all role models in the truest sense of the word. Although they were recognized for their gifts - - we celebrate them for their actions.”
Hosting last evenings gala was award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes. Performing during the prestigious event was rock band The All-American Rejects (performing an acoustic set); British singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winner, Estelle; American actor, singer-songwriter, and record producer Jon Batiste of Stay Human; as well as 18-year-old Philadelphia violinist Sean Bennett, recipient of the Award’s Young Artist Study Grant, who this past summer attended the world-renowned Interlochen Summer Arts Camp.
In his remarks, Jon spoke about when the Soul Foundation [jbjsf.org] was founded: “We truly could not have known the lives we would touch or the impact it would have. It is the shared belief in the basic dignity of the human soul and HOW with a little hope and opportunity people from all walks of life have the potential to ASPIRE to greatness and along the way INSPIRE others.”
“It is such a special evening because the Marian Anderson Award Gala is the one night of the year in Philadelphia when we celebrate the unique capacity of the artist to change the world, “ said Tinari. She added, “This event allows us to celebrate the spirit and accomplishments of Marian Anderson and fulfill her intentions to support young, talented artists, like Sean Bennett, so that he and others like him will get the instruction needed to reach their full potential.”
The Young Artist Study Grant program (YASG) is administered with the support of Marian Anderson Award partner, the University of the Arts, and is also made possible through a new partnership with Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. YASG is designed to support high school-age artists who have financial challenges. Funds raised through the annual award gala help support this initiative and benefit over 20 students each year.
ABOUT THE MARIAN ANDERSON AWARD
The Marian Anderson Award was created in 1998 to celebrate critically acclaimed artists – individuals who have used their talents for personal artistic expression and whose body of work has contributed to our society in a singular manner. It is named in memory of the legendary singer and distinguished Philadelphian, Marian Anderson. Previous honorees include Harry Belafonte, Gregory Peck, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Richard Gere, Maya Angelou and Norman Lear, James Earl Jones, and Berry Gordy.
By Chris Jordan, (app.com)
Why get involved?
It’s about the “interdependence” of people, said Jon Bon Jovi while receiving this year’s Marian Anderson Award for his humanitarian work in Philadelphia during a ceremony at the city’s Kimmel Center on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
“Even though my journey has been vastly different than those traveled by Marian Anderson and others who have received this honor - perhaps it is our shared human experience that has led us to this common conclusion,” Bon Jovi said. “And that conclusion is simply this: we are all inextricably bound together. We are interdependent.”
"None of us achieve in life solely due to our own efforts - the arts are the very definition of interdependence."
The ceremony was hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes and featured musical performances by Estelle, the All-American Rejects and Jon Batiste. Estelle lit up the room with her version of the Bon Jovi classic “Livin’ on a Prayer.” Sen. Cory Booker and sister Sister Mary Scullion, who has worked with Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation, attended.
"That recognition of our interdependence was imparted to me by my parents and an early role model in my life — a neighbor that I had growing up. His name was Al Parinello," Bon Jovi recalled of his days in Sayreville. "He was a husband, a father and a guitar player. Thanks to his kindness and interest in me, I was able to take a broken acoustic guitar to his basement and learn to play a song. His faith in me, along with the occasional ‘kick in my butt’ when I wouldn’t practice, was the first spark in what eventually became my career.
"Al didn’t have to do what he did. He wasn’t in it for the glory, or the fame, or the riches. He simply loved music and his generous heart told him to share that passion with others. He passed in 1995 and to this day I have Al’s initials carved into my guitar as a reminder that a gift is meant to be shared."
Bon Jovi and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s work in Philadelphia includes supporting Project H.O.M.E., the Covenant House and the Angel Network, the philanthropic organization founded by Marian Anderson Award recipient Oprah Winfrey.
Bon Jovi’s philanthropy at the Jersey Shore includes a donation of $125,000 to the Sea Bright Fire Department after superstorm Sandy and a $1 million donation to the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
He and his wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, created JBJ Soul Kitchen soup kitchen, where diners contribute either volunteer hours or a minimum donation for their meals.
Dorothea Bongiovi, who attended the ceremony with Jon, and members of the Soul Kitchen staff recently donated lunches to volunteers helping to rebuild Union Beach, which is still recovering from superstorm Sandy.
On the political end, Bon Jovi recently lent his support to an initiative created by Philip Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany, to rebuild the state’s middle class called New Start New Jersey.
Past recipients of the Anderson award include Harry Belafonte,Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Richard Gere, Maya Angelou, Norman Lear, Bill Cosby and Mia Farrow.
Anderson, a Philadelphia native, opened new avenues of performance for African-American vocalists in her lifetime. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963.
(Charles Fox, philly.com)
By Aubrey Whelan, (Philly.com)
Hundreds feted New Jersey-born rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi at a Kimmel Center gala Tuesday night, where he accepted the Marian Anderson Award for his music and charity work.
The award is given to entertainers who have “contributed to our society in a singular manner,” event organizers said. They highlighted Bon Jovi’s music and commitment to charity, including his work with programs in the Philadelphia area and beyond.
Bon Jovi took the stage to a standing ovation about 10:30. “I’m deeply humbled to accept this award,” he said, “and I do so fully aware of the rich and the powerful legacy of this honor.”
The award is named for the late African American contralto and South Philadelphia High School graduate, who was celebrated as a singer of classical music and spirituals and who, when she encountered racial intolerance, gracefully fought for social justice.
Saying he never had to face the struggles Anderson endured, Bon Jovi noted: “I was, in fact, born in suburban New Jersey in 1962.”
He exhorted the crowd: “Let us draw inspiration from those that have come before us to do the work we are called to do.”
Earlier, a host of celebrities and politicians sang Bon Jovi’s praises. The comedian Wanda Sykes said Bon Jovi excels at everything he does: “Music, acting, good hair.”
She drew laughs with a reference to Philadelphia’s marijuana-decriminalization law: “Thanks to Mayor Nutter, we’re all carrying a little bit of weed around with us now.”
Later in the evening, Nutter responded: “There’s nothing like being called out by Wanda Sykes.”
He hailed Bon Jovi as “really just a wonderful man” and a “great artist.”
An early no-show was Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.), a former Newark mayor. “If he was Mayor Booker, he would have been here,” Sykes joked.
Booker arrived about 10. Explaining his lateness, he quipped: “I had to save Wanda from a fire backstage.”
In a serious vein, Booker said Marian Anderson’s groundbreaking 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial was a seminal moment in American history.
Of Bon Jovi, Booker said: “It is a true artist who has courage and creativity in their passion.”
Sister Mary Scullion of Philadelphia’s Project HOME said Bon Jovi “calls us to live out the American dream - to work for what our country can and should be.”
Bon Jovi, who rose to prominence with his band, Bon Jovi, in the 1980s, has become known in recent years for his charity work. He chairs the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which deals with hunger and homelessness, and has partnered with Project HOME.
Proceeds from Tuesday’s gala will support the Young Artist Study Grant Program, which helps high school artists and musicians in financial need. One recipient, violinist Sean Bennett, performed at the gala.
Check out these photos from the Marian Anderson Award gala (credit Charles Fox):
By Alfred Lubrano, (Philly.com)
Jon Bon Jovi wrote “Runaway,” the song that launched his rock-star career, in 1980 as he rode a bus in Manhattan past homeless young runaways near Covenant House, the national organization that aids unmoored youth.
“It could have been me,” Bon Jovi told an audience at a fund-raiser for Covenant House Pennsylvania more than 30 years later. “But something else saved me. It was that song.”
(Photo by: Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)
A staple of radio and the concert stage for decades, Bon Jovi, 52, is also a philanthropist who will be the 2014 recipient of Philadelphia’s Marian Anderson Award at the Kimmel Center on Tuesday.
The award, whose past recipients include Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and Sidney Poitier, honors artists who are also humanitarians. It is named after Anderson, an African American native of Philadelphia born in 1897 who was renowned for her singing voice as well as her advocacy for civil and human rights.
Bon Jovi lives in Middletown, N.J., but spends significant time helping the homeless and impoverished in Philadelphia and Camden, among other places.
The singer’s work within the region figured into the calculus of his being chosen for the award.
"We wanted to single out an artist whose work is not only global, but also deeply invested here in Philadelphia," said Nina Tinari, Anderson Award board chair. "This marks the first time that we have looked at generosity to the city and region as part of our search."
These days, Bon Jovi has the freedom to give full voice to that generosity after decades of laboring in rock and roll with the Grammy Award-winning band that bears his name - a crew that has sold more than 130 million albums and played nearly 3,000 concerts in front of 37.5 million fans.
Also an actor and producer, Bon Jovi has been dedicating more of his energies in recent years to helping others.
"It would have been a life unfulfilled if the 52-year-old was on the same journey that the 21-year-old had been on," Bon Jovi said in a telephone interview last week. "I just have chosen to become more and more involved."
That involvement led him to create the Center City-based Jon Bon Jovi (JBJ) Soul Foundation, established in 2006 to focus on issues of homelessness, affordable housing, and hunger, said Mimi Box, the foundation’s executive director and a former chief financial officer of the Philadelphia Eagles. She also served in the same capacity for the Philadelphia Soul, the arena football team that Bon Jovi once co-owned.
"I’m by no means a Mimi Box, God bless her," said Bon Jovi, who grew up in a working-class family untouched by poverty. "But I’m certainly not sitting on the sidelines, either. Our foundation will continue to be a big part of my daily life."
The foundation has provided funding for 400 apartments, shelter beds, and affordable housing units for homeless and low-income people, Box said. It has helped the victims of Hurricane Sandy as well as Hurricane Katrina, and has created homes for people from Georgia to California.
The Soul Foundation also has received a great deal of attention for its JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, N.J., an eatery friendly to low-income diners. People eat there in exchange for volunteer work in the restaurant, or for a minimum donation.
Bon Jovi told the story of a 12-year-old boy who swept the restaurant floors one day, earning a certificate to return with his family.
"They came dressed in their Sunday best," Bon Jovi said, "and the boy had such pride because he fed his whole family."
In Philadelphia, the foundation is noted for donating more than $2 million to Project HOME, cofounded by Sister Mary Scullion, to aid the city’s homeless.
Much of that money underwrote the JBJ Soul Homes, 51 units of affordable housing in Fairmount, Scullion said.
"Jon gets involved," said Scullion, whom Bon Jovi calls his "patron saint." "Oh, my God, he’s an amazing human being, so incredibly thoughtful, persistent, and generous."
The story of how Bon Jovi and Scullion formed their alliance - as vibrant a mutual-admiration relationship as could exist between a nun and a rock star - is a well-known tale among advocates:
Up in his Ritz-Carlton hotel room in Center City after a concert one winter night, Bon Jovi saw a homeless man lying on a grate near City Hall.
"What can I do?" Bon Jovi asked himself.
He dispatched a trusted friend to find someone he could partner with to help.
"He came back with the Michael Jordan of the issue," Bon Jovi said.
Scullion said she gets teased for serving Christ by hanging out with a big-time rocker. “People don’t believe it,” she said, laughing. “It is unusual.”
While many celebrities lend their names to worthwhile causes, Bon Jovi “doesn’t just plunk money down and disappear; he’s consistently engaged,” said Laura Otten, director of the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University.
"Among celebrities, there are divas in every crowd," she said, "but his reputation is that he’s not a diva at all. He’s very much about the philanthropy."
The singer is smart enough not to go it alone, and seeks out “great partners,” said Katherina Rosqueta, founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania.
One partner, Pilar Hogan, director of a Camden neighborhood revitalization group known as St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, said she’s constantly surprised by Bon Jovi’s commitment. In Camden, he has contributed money to renovate homes for low-income families and has underwritten projects to serve the homeless.
Hogan is also impressed that the rock star asks to meet the people he’s helping, away from cameras.
"He has a real interest to make changes in others’ lives," Hogan said.
John Ducoff, executive director of Covenant House Pennsylvania, agreed, saying he’s seen Bon Jovi quietly encourage young people who have been helped by his agency.
"He meets with kids who’ve been runaways, homeless, or survivors of human trafficking," Ducoff said. "He gets to know them out of the limelight."
One such person, Takeia Clark, now lives at JBJ Soul Homes after having been homeless in Philadelphia. She is from Paoli, but won’t discuss the problems that sent her onto the streets.
"When I’m here at JBJ, I feel safe and stable," said Clark, who now works as a cashier at a North Philadelphia Walmart. "I’m grateful for Jon Bon Jovi, and I would love to help other people like he helped me."
Then Clark, who said she’s met with Bon Jovi a couple of times, added with a smile: “He’s really nice, but I didn’t know he was a rock star,” since she’s 22 and listens to other music.
Bon Jovi doesn’t hold it against her, Clark said.
People like Clark are important to Bon Jovi, Ducoff said, because of those runaways he saw from the bus as he was writing his song when he was just a kid himself.”He’s connected his journey in music - and his first big break - with the journeys those kids were on,” Ducoff said. “My sense is what he saw 30 years ago has really resonated with him.”
To learn more, please visit www.marianandersonaward.org.
Check out the photos and video from David Bergman’s WORK book signing event in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 12th. Those in attendance got a special surprise when JBJ made a surprise appearance!
If you haven’t already, visit store.bonjovi.com to pick up a copy of this beautiful collectors item today, full of up close and behind-the-scenes photos of Jon and the band! One section of the book also features private photographs personally taken by Jon, giving you a unique look — for the first time ever — at the rock icon’s life through his own eyes. #BonJoviWORK
"WORK” is a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Bon Jovi, the top touring rock band in the world. This oversized, hardcover art book — weighing nearly five pounds — is a collection of color and black and white photographs taken by the band’s official tour photographer David Bergman during two record-breaking world tours from 2010-2013. Exclusive, intimate, and powerful images of Jon, Richie, David, and Tico show the band members on stage, backstage, and inside their own homes. Another section of the book features private photographs personally taken by Jon, giving fans a unique look — for the first time ever — at the rock icon’s life through his own eyes.
Hardcover. 208 pages. 10.8 x 14.4 inches.
Only available for sale in the Bon Jovi Official Store. Buy your copy today! store.bonjovi.com
This past Saturday, November 8th, Jon Bon Jovi mentored music students in Asbury Park, NJ. As part of an ongoing movement at The Lakehouse Music Academy to teach music education in a real and relevant way, Jon Bon Jovi spent a couple of hours with the students talking about his experiences in the world of music. Sharing interesting moments about his early days, Jon balanced stories about his faith in his dreams and the hard work that helped him to achieve them. Highlights included Jon playing an acoustic version of “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” and the Lakehouse Jr. Pros (ages 8-11) playing “Livin’ On a Prayer” for him!
Lakehouse Music Academy is a progressive music school in a music complex in downtown Asbury Park, NJ that teaches all levels and ages. For more information, please visit www.lakehousemusicacademy.com.
Join Adorama and Canon for this can’t-miss event, including the opportunity to purchase the WORK book in person and get your copy signed by David Bergman! The event is free to attend (must be 18+) and features an open bar + food, raffle prizes, special guest appearances from the world of professional sports, presentations from the industry’s top action photographers (headlined by Bon Jovi’s official tour photographer, David Bergman), and many more surprises to come. Be sure to RSVP, as space is limited and only registering will guarantee your spot!
Headlining the night’s speaker lineup will be famed action photographer David Bergman, Bon Jovi’s official tour photographer and a regular image contributor to the cover and pages of Sports Illustrated. He will present his acclaimed work, divulging his best tips and tricks for shooting the action, drawing from his experience on two world-tours with Bon Jovi, five Olympic games and countless professional sporting events.
A curated gallery of David’s best action shots will be showcased throughout the evening for attendees’ viewing pleasure, with one signed framed print to be raffled off at the end of the event. David will also be signing his brand new coffee table book, “WORK,” a collection of behind-the-scenes and on-stage shots of two record-breaking Bon Jovi world tours. The book will be available for purchase exclusively at the event (not yet available in stores!). One lucky attendee will be the winner of the prized book, signed by none other than David Bergman and Jon Bon Jovi himself!
For full details and to RSVP, visit http://bit.ly/1zywjt6
Where: The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th Street in Manhattan
When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 4:30-10pm - David Bergman will be speaking at 7:30pm and signing at 8pm
Must be 18+ to attend, ID required
See our favorite upbeat tracks to start the week off. Get these songs and more from our collection of music newly remastered for iTunes.
- Have a Nice Day
- Because We Can
- What About Now
- I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
- It’s My Life
- Who Says You Can’t Go Home
- She Don’t Know Me
- Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night
- No Apologies
- Livin’ On A Prayer
"The kids are still eating their Halloween candy, but I’m already in the mood for Christmas. What do you say, you join me and Elvis in Las Vegas, December 9th, one more time with Runaway Tours. See you there!" -JBJ
Treat yourself to something special before the Holidays and join JBJ & The Kings of Suburbia in Las Vegas for the last Runaway Tours trip of 2014 (Dec 8 - Dec 10). Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to capture the moment with a photo with Jon, attend a private holiday bash concert, and much more.
Visit bonjovi.com/runawaytours to reserve your spot today (very limited space available)! #RunawayWithJBJ
Enjoy some of our greatest love songs, included in the playlist below. Complete your collection with these hits and more on iTunes.
- Living In Sin
- Diamond Ring
- Wanted Dead Or Alive
- I’ll Be There For You
- Never Say Goodbye
- This Ain’t A Love Song
- Silent Night
- (It’s Hard) Letting You Go
- Bed Of Roses
Reporter: Matthew Amer, (OfficialLondonTheatre.co.uk)
Bon Jovi’s David Bryan tells us why Memphis The Musical’s story inspired him to swap rock for musical theatre and how he feels about bringing the hit show to London.
Sightings of bona fide rock stars in Theatreland are rare. Queen’s Brian May used to take to the stage of We Will Rock You for special occasions, and The Kinks’ Ray Davies has just brought his story to the stage in Sunny Afternoon, but the accepted perception of musical theatre as jazz hands, chorus lines and perfect white teeth seems to clash with the hard-drinking, leather-wearing, guitar-thrashing imagined world of rock.
Yet here I am at the Shaftesbury Theatre chatting to the gratifyingly leather-jacket sporting Bryan, who has spent the last 30 years touring the world, playing songs including Living On A Prayer, You Give Love A Bad Name and Always to millions of rock fans.
How did he end up providing music and co-writing lyrics for West End show Memphis The Musical? The story goes that Bryan was so inspired by Joe DiPietro’s script that, when given the chance to showcase his ideas he started work in the middle of the night and by the early morning had created a fully produced version of Music Of My Soul to send to his writing colleague.
Find out more about Bryan’s passion for the production and the music of Memphis, what his life with Bon Jovi has brought to the show and what he thinks of London leads Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly in our video interview at the top of the page.
Check out these photos from opening night in London (credit David Jensen):
Treat yourself to something special, Runaway with Jon Bon Jovi to Las Vegas!
Pack your bags and head to Las Vegas to join Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia for the last trip of this year from Monday, December 8th to Wednesday, December 10th.
* Photo op with Jon Bon Jovi (grouped by room)
* Exclusive access to rare, private Holiday show with Jon Bon Jovi & Kings of Suburbia
* Top notch accommodations at The Cosmopolitan (right on the Las Vegas strip)
* ”Holiday Ballroom Bash” welcome party
* After show party with cocktails & appetizers at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
* Much more!
Packages are on sale now, with very limited availability, for current Backstage JBJ members only. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity, JOIN or RENEW today and visit BonJovi.com/RunawayTours to reserve your spot!
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"This trip was one of the most amazing things I have ever done!"
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"I was on the 1st Runaway Tours trip, a highlight of my life! 7 trips later, from the US, to Europe to Australia, it won’t be my last!"
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Halloween is almost here! Get ready for the weekend with our top 10 party hits. Complete your collection with these hits and more on iTunes.
- Bad Medicine
- Lay Your Hands On Me
- Social Disease
- You Give Love A Bad Name
- One Wild Night
- Wild In The Streets
- In And Out Of Love
- Billy Get Your Guns
- Raise Your Hands
Twenty years ago today, we released our 1st greatest hits album, Cross Road, with all-time favorites like “Livin’ on a Prayer”, “Keep the Faith”, and “Bed of Roses” as well as a couple of new tracks, including “Always”.
Sing along with this live version from Madison Square Garden!
If don’t already have it, be sure to pick up a copy at the iTunes store today for only $7.99
Celebrate the 3rd anniversary of JBJ Soul Kitchen and Raise Your Hand with JBJ to help combat hunger
JBJ Soul Kitchen is celebrating their 3rd anniversary this weekend!
Since opening in 2011, Soul Kitchen has served over 27,500 meals. For every $10 donated, Soul Kitchen is able to provide a hot and delicious, much needed meal. To help them continue with this great work, please donate today: http://bit.ly/jbjsk3rd
Bon Jovi Tour Photographer David Bergman Talks Behind-the-Scenes Details of Traveling the World With the Band
By Michele Amabile Angermiller, (Billboard)
Over the span of two world tours, photographer David Bergman had the best seat in the house as the tour photographer for one of the world’s hardest working rock’n’roll bands — Bon Jovi.
The collected images — culled from over 800,000 frames snapped of the band — are now available in a new coffee-table book, Bon Jovi: Work, chronicling the action on stage, backstage, and even in the hospital after a show when Jon Bon Jovi tore his meniscus during a show in Helsinki.
"I went with the title Work because that is what the band is about with that New Jersey work ethic and the hard work they do every night,” Bergman tells Billboard.
Jon Bon Jovi leads the band onstage in Atlanta on April 15, 2010.
One particular image captures everything the singer feels about his fans, his group and his job, explains Bergman. The band was playing a gig in New York when harrowing skies, pouring rain, then finally ominous lightning strikes postponed the show. This did not sit well with Jon.
"He was hating it," Bergman said. "There is really a flow to a show. He didn’t like that at all because it really killed the momentum. It’s not fun for the fans and it’s not fun for anybody."
Backstage, the band milled around as the rain drenched the venue, but Bergman decided to take some shots. “Jon just kind of peered out waiting for the rain to stop, longingly looking and waiting for the show to get going again, and that was just a moment that won’t be captured if you don’t have a photographer with you on site,” he said. “You are never going to see those moments.”
Adds Bergman: “The good thing about Jon is he gets it. He understands the value of documenting these things.”
Even in his most unglamorous moments following his injury in the hospital in Ireland, acupuncture and rehab, Bon Jovi was willing to be shot. Bergman said he worked through the pain and did not cancel a single show. “The nurses asked him what he was going to do with the pictures and Jon would always laugh and say, ‘They’ll do a book after I die,’” he said. Those shots, Bergman says, provided the thesis of the story.
"When we started putting the book together, I told him the knee story is an inspiring story and goes with the theme of the book and the hard work that he has done and the whole band," Bergman explains.
"Jon looked at me and said, ‘You know what, if it inspires one kid to work through the pain and push through an injury and come out strong on the other side, it’s worth it.’ He knows the influence he has over people and the power that he has with his actions and he wanted people to see it. It gets people by surprise to see one of the biggest rock stars in the world in his hotel room, in pain, in agony — not at his most glamorous — but I am really glad he agreed to let us put it out because it’s a huge part of his story and how he is."
Fireworks at MeLife Stadium on May 26, 2010.
Bergman began his career as a photographer at the Miami Herald, covering news features and sports, until one day he pitched to paper to allow him to photograph singer Gloria Estefan, who was coming off a back injury and embarking on a comeback tour. He became passionate about tour photography after that.
Though Bergman covered many bands, Bon Jovi remained number one on his list. By the time he pitched the group, he was surprised to hear that Jon already knew who he was because of his most famous photo: a GigaPan image of President Barack Obama at his inauguration.
"When I finally did get a meeting and got to talk to them, Jon absolutely knew that photo. He was at the inauguration with his kids," Bergman says. "That photo went crazy. It got 20 million views. They interviewed me on CNN and it went insane, so he knew who I was and he had seen a lot of my sports stuff. He’s a big sports fan. He’s a football guy and I have a lot of pictures over the years from Sports Illustrated and I have a lot of covers. He knew my work.”
After shooting a few shows, Bergman was surprised to be invited into the band’s inner circle, joining the group on its private plane and going along for the ride.
Bon Jovi: Work also captures other members of the band in the same light. Drummer Tico Torres is an artist, and Bergman took shots of the musician at home painting in his garage in Florida, as well as on the golf course. Keyboardist David Bryan invited Bergman to his New Jersey home, allowing some up-close shots of the composer working on music for a new play, Chasing The Song.
There are plenty of pictures of guitarist Richie Sambora in the book, but Bergman never made it to his home.
"I did photograph him quite a bit," he said. "Whenever those guys were awake, I was there with a camera to take pictures of the two of them practicing, rehearsing, on the plane — whatever it was — day in and day out."
The band in Zurich, Switzerland on July 14, 2011.
One section sure to please fans are the ones taken by Bon Jovi himself. Bergman and the singer spent so much time together that one day, he decided to try photography himself snapping photos of flowers and trees in a park in Vienna.
"Jon is a creative person. He has a good eye and he has always liked taking pictures, but he never really knew the technical side of it," Bergman says.
In a few lessons, Jon proved a quick study. He tried out his skills on family vacations, a safari in Africa, and at the 12/12/12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief. One photo of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger taken by Jon is featured in the book.
"He was standing there in the photo pit taking pictures of the Stones just like a photographer and a fan, alternating between taking pictures and putting the camera down and watching the show," Bergman said. "The other photographers were taking pictures of Jon."
Other shots in the book — particularly Jon walking a female fan down the aisle in Las Vegas, a shot of Jon doing a famed concert jump on a boat in Australia, and a spontaneous onstage group hug symbolizing what was the end of a tough touring year — frame the collection.
Through it all, Jon remained true to his work ethos, overseeing every aspect of the book.
"He is the CEO of this corporation and everything goes through him. I thought when I first came in I would deal with a publicist or a manager that will approve the photos but from the very beginning Jon saw personally every photo that went out,” he said. “I was blown away by him."
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